Health insurance is strongly recommended. Tungaru Central Hospital on Tarawa provides medical service to all the islands. Government dispensaries on all islands are equipped to handle minor ailments and injuries. Visitors should bring their own supply of basic medicines with them.
South Tarawa (in Gilbertese Tarawa Teinainano) is the capital and hub of the Republic of Kiribati and home to approximately half of Kiribati's total population. The South Tarawa population center consists of all the small islets from Betio in the West to Bonriki in the East, connected by the South Tarawa main road; with a population of 50,182 as of 2010.
According to 2012 government statistics, Christian groups form about 96% of the Kiribati population by census counts. Kiribati's Christian population goes as followed: 56% are members of the Roman Catholic Church, 34% are members of the Kiribati Protestant Church, 5% are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and 2% are members of the Seventh-day Adventists.